The goal of many high school football players is to earn a college scholarship. Here's a list of some local players who are being recruited or have already verbally committed to attend an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision school.
Nothing is official until the first Wednesday in February (Feb. 5, 2014) when NCAA regulations allow athletes to sign binding National Letters of Intent.
These players are listed in alphabetical order. If a college is listed, the player has verbally committed.
Sr. 6-foot-5, 290 pounds
Several Football Championship Subdivision and Football Bowl Subdivision schools have show interest in Demby, including Villanova.
Sr. 6-1 280
Buffalo, Delaware, Villanova and Miami of Ohio are among the colleges to offer Ellis scholarships.
Jr. 5-10 170
Toledo has offered Ennis a scholarship but more offers should be on the way. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and rushed for 1,381 yards as a sophomore.
Jr. 6-2 198
The University of Miami (Fla.) and Massachusetts have offered Erskine scholarships. Erskine should continue to attract more attention.
Sr. 6-6 215
Wide receiver/tight end/defensive back
Gesicki is one of the most highly recruited players in the state. Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin are among the Football Championship Subdivison schools to offer him a scholarship. Gesicki caught 50 passes for 970 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Sr. 5-10 185
Hood has the speed to score every time he touches the ball. Hood runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He rushed for 976 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Jr. 6-7 340
Offensive and defensive line
Madden should be one of the state's top prospects next season. A dozen schools have already offered him scholarships, including Rutgers, South Carolina, Boston College and Wisconsin.
St. Augustine Prep
Sr. 6-6 294
Monmouth has offered McGrath a scholarship. The lineman is also drawing looks from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Sr. 6-3 201
Wide receiver/defensive back
An outstanding athlete, Padovani missed almost all of last season with a broken femur. He verbally committed to Villanova in the spring.
Sr. 6-3, 305
Randall is quick and strong and received a scholarship offer from Temple this summer after he attended the college's camp.
Sr. 6-0 210
FCS schools Bryant and Monmouth have offered Shockley scholarships.
Sr. 6-2 225
Villanova and Delaware have offered Steeb scholarships. Steeb is starting to get attention from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Sr. 6-3, 270
Defensive tackle/offensive lineman
White verbally committed to Penn State this summer. He made 80 tackles - 14 for losses - and also had five sacks last season.
(If you know of player who has received a scholarship offer but is not listed here, please email Michael McGarry at